Inês dos Santos Costa was born in Lisbon in 1979.
She graduated in Environmental Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico in 2002, completed his Master of Engineering Policy and Technology Management and Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, both at Instituto Superior Técnico, in 2005 and 2011 respectively.
Between 2002 and 2010, she developed research work at IN + Centre for Studies in Innovation, Technology and Development Policies, especially in the areas of corporate sustainability and industrial ecology. Within these areas, she has worked on environmental policies, waste management, eco parks and industrial symbiosis. She is the author and co-author of scientific articles, books and technical documents in the field of industrial ecology. In 2006, she was a guest researcher at the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University in the United States.
Since 2010, she has worked as a senior consultant at 3Drivers – Engenharia, Inovação e Ambiente, Lda., where she has developed sustainable resource management projects in various sectors, namely with managing entities of specific waste streams, energy sector, municipal councils, among others. She was a partner of the company between 2016 and october 2019.
She was aid to the Minister of the Environment and to the Minister of Environment and Energy Transition for the circular economy, in 2016 and 2018, respectively, during the 21st Constitutional Government.